Our overall goal is to create equal access to culturally responsive victim services for male survivors of violence, especially males of color who are disproportionately impacted by violence, and to help OVC to catalyze a national commitment to better serve this population, by supporting effective evidence-based models, programs, practices and outreach/messaging strategies and by promoting collaborative learning across OVC grantees and like-minded communities. These like-minded communities include members of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs and Cure Violence’s U.S. network of partners.

To achieve our goal, the Alliance seeks to provide a full range of data-driven training and technical assistance resources, including a vibrant peer learning community, that enhance the capacity of demonstration projects to identify and serve male survivors of violence and their families. We will support development of better responses to male survivors of violence, particularly boys and young men of color, and their families by: 1) supporting sites in incorporating comprehensive, balanced and data-driven approaches; 2) enhancing the programming and strategic communications capacity of existing programs; and 3) expanding collaborative learning across the jurisdictions of OVC’s eight to twelve demonstration sites.

Youth ALIVE!, Cure Violence, and Berkeley Media Studies Group have a combined 60 years of experience in training private and public sector agency leadership and staff members that are part of comprehensive, multi-system efforts that respond to crime victims. Our trainings have consistently encouraged multidisciplinary partnerships, balanced approaches, and data-driven strategies. This firsthand experience with providing CCTA to many provider agencies in diverse communities allows us to draw on existing capacities, infrastructures, and experiences to provide the needed CCTA for this initiative. This includes assessments, trainings, coordination, anticipation of issues, and an active network of implementers who can share learnings across communities. This also includes experience in evaluating the effectiveness of CCTA through surveys, monitoring of implementation, collection of outcome data, and communications with implementers through a dynamic national network.

This Healing Justice project is supported by the OVC Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services.  To learn more about the OVC's work on supporting male survivors of violence, download this fact sheet, or visit their website